Frankfort48 Film Contest

June 20-22, 2019

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest, happening June 20-22, 2019.

Aspiring filmmakers are invited to create a 3-to-5 minute film celebrating the beauty and unique character of northern Michigan.

Participants have 48 hours to conceive their ideas, scout locations, film, edit, and present their masterpiece.

All films will be presented and judged during a public screening at The Garden Theater on Saturday, June 22.

Video produced by T.J. Taylor, the 2018 Traverse Traveler Choice Award Winner.

Frankfort48 Prizes

Cash and prizes are awarded to the top three Frankfort48 filmmakers:

  1. First place - $1,000 and two VIP passes to the 2019 Frankfort Film Festival

  2. Second place - $250

  3. Third place - $100

All filmmakers receive four complimentary VIP Badges to the screening night Pre Show Party and Film Screenings.

Traverse Traveler Choice Award

One of this year’s Frankfort48 film entries will win the Traverse Traveler Choice Award. The selected filmmaker will have the opportunity to produce a Frankfort48 promotional video, which will air on the Traverse Traveler Visitor Channel playing in over 3,000 hotel rooms in the greater Traverse City area.

Frankfort48 Entry

The first five entrants to the 3rd Annual Frankfort48 are free. Please use the form below to secure your free entry.

Once the first five entrants are received, the entry fee is $25. Maximum of 20 entrants.

Filmmakers must attend the Frankfort48 Kickoff Meeting at The Garden Theater on Thursday, June 20 at 9am.

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Frankfort48 Public film screening

The public is invited to attend a screening of this year’s Frankfort48 films, happening Saturday, June 22 at 6:30pm. Tickets to attend are $10 each and can be purchased at the Garden Theater's box office on the evening of the event. The event includes a screening party, showings of the winning and most interesting films produced, and an award ceremony to recognize the top three filmmakers.

2nd Annual Frankfort48 Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest. For those who couldn't join us for the public screening, here are the top three films picked by our judges.


first place: all the way to the moon


second place: Assumptions


third place: Yours,


Traverse Traveler Choice Award: Garth Trek


Frankfort48 by Jess Jacklin

Frankfort48 Film Judges

A panel of celebrity judges took part in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.

Michael Bofshever is an accomplished actor, director, teacher, author and moderator in the entertainment field for over forty years. Amongst his many film credits: A Dog's Purpose, United 93, Housebroken, Dirty Deeds, Crime of the Century, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. A veteran of episodic television, Mr. Bofshever was a series regular on the hit Disney Channel show The Jersey, in addition to recurring roles on Breaking Bad, True Blood, and The Shield. He also works as moderator for film and television discussion for the SAG Conversation Series. Mr. Bofshever is the author of Your Face Looks Familiar…How To Get Ahead as a Working Actor, (Heineman Drama Press) which is the basis of his seminar, "The Journey of the Working Actor." A highly regarded acting teacher and coach, Michael is recognized as “one of the finest acting teachers in Los Angeles,” (Smith & Krauss).  In 2017 Michael made his cinematic directorial debut with the short film Echo Park Blues, which screened in film festivals nationwide.

Jamie Donnelly is most popularly known as “Pink Lady” Jan in the film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John, a role she played on Broadway, seven years before the film version. Jamie made her Broadway Debut at age seventeen as Lulu in Kander and Ebb’s first show, Flora the Red Menace. Jamie also originated the role of Ethel Levy Cohan in George M!  Her television credits go as far back as Six Million Dollar Man, up to her reoccurring role in the second season of Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber and currently appears in the web series, All Down Hill From Here. She is utterly delighted to be performing again with her all time favorite, Tim Curry, with whom she first appeared as Magenta/Trixie in the original American production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Stephen H. Foreman earned his BA in English with minors in philosophy and German from Morgan State, and an MFA in playwriting and dramatic literature from the Yale School of Drama. Stephen has had diverse and illustrious careers as a social worker, a professional stage manager, a teacher at various colleges, universities and writers conferences, a screenwriter, director and is currently developing his career as a novelist. His film and television credits include The Resolution of Mossie Wax, The Jazz Singer, The Unknown American, and Cougar. Forman has authored two novels, Toehold and Watching Gideon, and is currently working on his third project, The Education Of A White Boy, a memoir of his years at Morgan State. He now lives and writes in the Catskill Mountains.

Frankfort48 Sponsorship Opportunities

Consider becoming a sponsor of the Frankfort48 Film Contest. Levels of sponsorship benefits are outlined below.


Marquee Level Sponsorship

Cost: $550 - Only four available.

Marquee Sponsor Benefits:

  • Six VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening

  • VIP seating in theater during event

  • Company Logo or Name prominently displayed on event poster

  • Company Logo or Name on pre-show big screen presentation

  • Company Logo or Name prominently placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot

  • Six Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn

Purchase Marquee Sponsorship:

Producer Level Sponsorship

Cost: $275

Producer Sponsor Benefits:

  • Four VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening

  • VIP seating in theater during event

  • Company Logo or Name on event poster

  • Company Logo or Name placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot

  • Four Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn

Purchase Producer Sponsorship:

Director Level Sponsorship

Cost: $125

Director Sponsor Benefits:

  • Two VIP Badges to Pre Show Party and Screening

  • Name on event poster

  • Name placed in thank you advertisement in Record Patriot

  • Two Garden Theater Gift Certificates good for future movie admission and popcorn

Purchase Director Sponsorship:

Make a Donation

Can’t make it to the inaugural Frankfort 48 but want to support the event?

Click below to make a donation of any amount.

Frankfort48 Film contest Sponsors

Our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors for their support of the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.

Director Sponsors:

The Cabbage Shed

The Hotel Frankfort

Frankfort Hardware

Sharon and Wes Blizzard

The Cool Spot

Mary & Jim Gosnell

Debbie & Floyd Kearns